British Olympic chief wants minimum four-year doping bans
Colin Moynihan submits series of proposals for reforming anti-doping rules, calling for four-year bans for all convicted athletes
British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan has submitted a series of proposals for reforming anti-doping regulations – and has called for mandatory four-year bans for all convicted drugs cheats.
Moynihan’s organisation and the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) are locked in an ongoing legal case over the validity of Team GB’s lifetime Olympic ban for athletes convicted of a doping offence, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport expected to rule imminently.
Moynihan and his opposite number at Wada, John Fahey, were involved in a tense exchange of words earlier this year, with the former British sports minister criticising the agency’s ‘toothless’ record in detecting and punishing drugs cheats.
Fahey hit back, calling Moynihan “misinformed and inaccurate”.
Moynihan also wants outdated testing methods to be reformed and WADA to recognise the right of autonomy over selection for Olympic teams – the key issue in the current case being considered by CAS.
“There is no issue of greater importance in protecting the health and well-being of athletes, and the integrity of sport, than the fight against doping,” said Moynihan.
“It is right that Wada is leading a worldwide consultation process, but far more must be done.
“By urging national Olympic committees to work toward a global two-year ban in recent years, WADA has followed the wrong course.
“As Sir Steve Redgrave, one of our greatest Olympians, has said, ‘A two year ban for doping is almost saying it is acceptable’.”
He added: “Proceeding as if yesterday’s strategies will be sufficient in ensuring a level playing field for the athletes of today and tomorrow is a recipe for failure.
“Now is the time for Wada to take a fresh look at how it goes about fulfilling its important mandate, and indeed, how it is organised and operates, to ensure it is delivering in a manner truly befitting the world’s athletes and the millions of pounds in public funding with which it is entrusted annually.”
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